Testing Time on Energy

[New York Times] The most dangerous point in the trajectory of any new legislation is the conference committee, where House and Senate negotiators resolve their differences. In 2005, for instance, Senate negotiators carried three forward-looking energy measures into conference with the House—a provision requiring utilities to produce some of their power from renewable sources, an oil-savings amendment and a resolution to take action on global warming. They whiffed on all three, and the result was a bill that did little to move the country toward a cleaner energy future.